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2000 Williams Selyem Vista Verde Vineyard Pinot Noir

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ITEM 8027430 - Removed from a temperature controlled wine cellar

Bidder Amount Total
matdu0 $91 $91
jefru7 $90 $0
$90
Item Sold Amount Date
I8027430 1 $91 Dec 12, 2021
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RATINGS

90Wine Spectator

Tight, with an herbal edge to the dusty berry, plum and black cherry flavor. Finishes with finely integrated tannins, excellent balance and a touch of anise.

90Stephen Tanzer

Intriguing aromas of black cherry, underbrush, mushroom and roast coffee. Dense and strong in the mouth, with a distinct note of smoky torrefaction...The interesting flavors reminded me of a wine from Morey-Saint-Denis.

PRODUCER

Williams Selyem

Williams Selyem was founded in 1981 when Ed Selyem and Burt Williams, friends who shared winemaking as a hobby, decided to make a commercial vintage. The men were neighbors in the Russian River Valley with full time jobs that were unrelated to winemaking. Nevertheless they purchased grapes and made Zinfandel, then single-vineyard Pinot Noir. Williams Selyem Pinots quickly earned a cult following. In 1998 the founders sold the winery to John and Kathe Dyson, former customers with backgrounds in wine production and business. The winemaker is John Cabral. Though the estate is best known for Pinot Noir, it also makes Chardonnay and Zinfandel. Says Robert M. Parker Jr: “The overall style of Williams Selyem Pinots remains one of elegant, high-acid wines that can age….”

REGION

United States, California, Central Coast, San Benito County

Central Coast AVA is a huge wine producing area that extends from Santa Barbara County in the south to San Francisco in the north. With more than 100,000 vineyard acres, it includes parts of six counties near the Pacific Ocean. Nearly 20 smaller AVAs lie within the Central Coast AVA. Central Coast earned appellation status in 1985. Included in the appellation are parts of the counties of Contra Costa, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz. Nearly every grape varietal grown in California is grown somewhere in the Central Coast AVA, though Chardonnay accounts for nearly 50% of the entire wine grape crop.

TYPE

Red Wine, Pinot Noir

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.